Apply now for $5,000 ALA award for library programming excellence

For Immediate Release
Tue, 10/20/2015


Cheryl Malden

Program Officer



CHICAGO —The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting nominations for its 2016 ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award.

The $5,000 award, supported by ALA’s Cultural Communities Fund, recognizes a library that demonstrates excellence by providing cultural/thematic programs that have community impact and respond to community needs. (Read an article or view a webinar to learn about Oklahoma State University Library, the winner of the 2015 Excellence in Library Programming Award.)

The award will be presented during the ALA Awards Presentation at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference, June 23 to 28 in Orlando, Florida.

All types of libraries — public, academic, school and special libraries — are eligible for the award, but the nominated program must have been held for a public audience.

Programs — either individual programs or a series — must have taken place between Sept. 1, 2014, and Aug. 31, 2015. Winning programs are those that encouraged community participation, planning or sponsorship; addressed a community need; and made a measurable impact.

Learn more about the award at Nominations will be accepted until Dec. 1 at Self-nomination is encouraged. 

ALA’s Cultural Communities Fund was created in 2003, when a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) kick-started a campaign to secure the future of libraries as cultural destinations within the community. Since then, CCF has grown to more than $1.9 million, serving libraries as they serve their communities through the highest quality arts and humanities programs. To contribute to CCF, visit